Conference with Professor Jean Salençon - 8th November 2012
On 8th November 2012, Seconde students met with Professor Jean Salençon, former President of the French Academy of Sciences. He is currently in Hong Kong where he is teaching at CityU for a month. He went through his background and studies..
« A scientific career can offer a wide range of opportunities»
The French Academy of Sciences is a learned society, founded in 1666 by Louis XIV at the suggestion of Jean-Baptiste Colbert, to encourage and protect the spirit of French scientific research. There are currently 250 members including 22 women. Every Tuesday, they hold an assembly under the dome (open to public).
From an early age, Professor Salençon has a passion for mecanics. He has always wanted to create sustainable objects and work in areas with real applications. He studied sciences at l'École Polytechnique followed by a training at École des Ponts et Chaussées and specialised in research while teaching. He joined the Academy of Sciences in 1988, of which he was elected president from 2009 to 2010. Since 2005, retired teacher, he continues nevertheless to do research at LMS (Laboratoy of Solid Mechanics).
This scientist has an exemplary career and devoted himself to his students. He offered us some guidance on scientific careers and advised us to follow our passions. We thank him warmly for his time and insight.
"Do not refuse to help someone claiming you have already too much work"
Report written by Eve Bertet, Gaétan Massot et FranklinTan
Fall Literary Events
At the beginning of November, we were pleased to welcome Guy Delisle, cartoonist and Jacques Baudouin, novelist. Both events were organised in partnership with the bookshop Parenthèses celebrating its 25th anniversary.
Talk with Guy Delisle, cartoonist
Author of "Shenzhen et des Chroniques birmanes", Guy Delisle met with 1ère, Seconde and Troisième students. Last year he was awarded with the prestigious prize for best album at the Angoulême Festival for his latest comic book "Chronicles de Jerusalem". Guy Delisle presented his work, technical drawing and animation and also drew a small sketch, live, for the greatest pleasure of all.
During the discussion with the students, Guy Delisle specifically recounted his journey to Jerusalem. He had a lot of fun work discovering the works done by 6ème students who created their own city inspired by a strip on Shenzhen.
The morning ended with a prize giving ceremony for the Illustration Contest organized at FIS. Chaired by our guest, it was difficult to choose among 37 participants. The topic was to illustrate one’s amazement in view of a situation or a place! Congratulations to the winners and a big thank you to the bookshop Parenthèses for offering comic books signed by the author.
You can view the illustrations of each winner by clicking on their name.
Talk with Jacques Baudouin, novelist and director of CNRS Publishing
The Terminale, 1ère and 3ème students met the novelist whose chosen field is China. He seeks to retrace the life of characters at different times while bringing some fictionalized passages.
Whether he is telling about the fascinating life of Teodorico Pedrini, or one of Mao’s sons who disappeared at the age of two and a half or a Shanghai family saga in the 1870s, Jacques Baudouin explained that it is difficult to write fiction using historical facts as backdrop.
The students were so surprised to hear that it was possible to write novels about China without having been there through a lot of research and rigor.
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